Rumors of Spencer Ware’s season ending due to injury were premature as the former Chiefs running back still plans to play in 2019.
If you ask Spencer Ware, reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated.
Specifically, Ian Rapoport’s initial news brief after it was discovered that Ware had been injured during training camp with the Indianapolis Colts stated that he would be lost for the season. Ware had something to say about that.
Ware was placed by the Colts on the Physically Unable to Play list which keeps him out for the first six games of the season, but Ware might even be available before then if he can get healthy. The Colts look prepared to reach an injury settlement with Ware, which would set him free and allow other teams to take a gamble on the former Kansas City Chiefs running back.
Ware signed with the Colts this offseason and was supposed to help provide some veteran security among a young squad of Colts runners. He was a familiar face to Colts general manager Chris Ballard, who also brought in pass rusher Justin Houston this offseason to bolster the defense.
Ware, who will turn 28-years-old this November, spent his first season in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks before breaking out with the Kansas City Chiefs behind Jamaal Charles, who was injured on a regular basis during his final seasons with the Chiefs. Ware seized the opportunity and even ascended to a starting role entering the 2017 season but injury forced him out and Kareem Hunt took over and never looked back on his way to leading the league in rushing that year.
Ware has a healthy 4.6 yards/carry average in his NFL career, anchored by 340 rushes for 1,580 yards and 11 touchdowns. Last year for the Chiefs, he also caught 20 of 23 targets behind Hunt in the Chiefs offense. Given his ability to be so productive with the ball even in limited doses, he should find another home if healthy.